The views at Oglebay have always been spectacular, but now, you can see them from a new perspective: right on the seat of your bike or a rental bike through a partnership with Wheelcraft Bicycles. That’s how new biker Jaelan Bartlett found out about the trail opening. He says he’ll be utilizing it frequently.
“Probably all the time, because I use this snow boarding all the time anyways, so it’s just another add on for the summer,” Bartlett said.
Park officials hope the trails will attract more people to the area, as-well-as be a convenient asset for locals.
“I’d like to wake up on a Saturday morning on my day off, and instead of driving downstate, drive right into my home park and enjoy some beautiful scenery, as you see, and some incredible trails,” said sports and recreation manager of Oglebay Park, Charles Griffith.
This is just phase one of the trail system. Griffith says it is around three miles of beginner to intermediate riding, but more technical features are on the way.
“We encourage mountain bikers in the area to come out, ride what we built so far, give us some feedback, let us know what they like and what we can improve on,” Griffith said. “We’re progressively moving forward to continue to add more mileage to our trails and just make a fantastic trail system for the Valley.”
“I think it’s great. I think it’s a great step for Oglebay because it’ll boost the bike scene at Oglebay more,” Bartlett added.
Use of the trail is included with purchase of an activity band, or you can buy a mountain bike trail pass at the Par 3. You can rent bikes, and it won’t break the bank either.
$15 for an hour rental and $45 for a half day.